Cyndi Lauper Reveals Her Uncle Died in Superstorm Sandy
11/08/2012 AT 12:30 PM EST
George Stathis, 90, was found dead in his home in the hard-hit Rockaways neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., the New York Post reports.
More than 110 people in the U.S. lost their lives in the storm.
"He was old. He didn't want to leave his house," Lauper, a Queens native, told the crowd at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. "I was in Chicago, and I called and said [to relatives], 'Why did you guys leave him?' And they just didn't think it was going to get that bad."
According to its website, the annual event changed its focus this year to help victims of Sandy who have "suffered catastrophic devastation as a result of this storm."